Weetabix groove


This is the first glimpse of Weetabix’s new Alpen snack bar Groove, with identity and packaging by Blue Marlin Brand Design. The consultancy has developed the brand strategy for the bar, to include the strapline ‘Go against the groove’.The packaging design uses a palette of colours for the three variants of lemon, chocolate and strawberry. […]

Modus chair

The Best of British

London boutique Greenwich Village is celebrating the finest in home-grown talent with The Best of British Exhibition on the fourth floor of Selfridges in London, from 8 June . Featuring pieces by British designer Tom Dixon, the collection will also include furniture from Modus (pictured), bone china from Voonwong & Bensonsaw and pieces from Art […]


Taking the Mickey

Philatelists of the British Isles unite: there’s a new stamp album on the market. Only this one is going to be pretty difficult to get hold of, and the paperwork certainly isn’t available in back copies from the Royal Mail. The collectables in question are a series of subversive stamps which have been appearing on […]

Genevieve Gauckler

Profile: Geneviève Gauckler

Illustrator Geneviève Gauckler combines photomontage and graphic design in her comic, poster and film work. Paula Carson talks to the French artist and sci-fi fan who likes to work fast, stay curious and keep things simple

Guidelines are not a barrier – they’re a spur to creativity

In his recent letter, Stephen Willard is quite wrong to state that corporate guidelines stifle creative design and innovation for designers who have to work with the brand. In our experience, working within these guidelines is a spur to greater creativity. While it may be true that they can present a challenge, the ability to […]


RIP James Herbert – he will be missed by all at JHP Design

We are sad to report the recent death of retired JHP Design director James Herbert. James joined his twin brother John’s consultancy in 1982 and he was responsible for many outstanding and award-winning projects. His migration from furniture designer (he designed the interiors for the QE2) to a master of complex architectural problems resulted in […]

Apprentice designers created a dog’s dinner

In the week of the design challenge, on The Apprentice episode two, I couldn’t have agreed more with Jack Stark’s letter when he says, ‘I wish there had been a designer taking part’. Watching the show, I was so ashamed of what was revealed about the state of product design that I wanted to crawl […]


Mark Porter has defended The Guardian’s decision to put functionality over aesthetic considerations when the paper relaunched its homepage last week. Did it deserve a more sympathetic response to its redesign? First impressions – I like it. The new design makes the old homepage look tired and old. The new layout is clean but the […]

Nunhead cemetery


I regard myself as a graphic designer. When I respond to the ‘What do you do?’ question at parties, I say I design in two dimensions, but it’s more than that


Go out on a lyrical limb

Rembrandt distinguished himself with his attention to detail and experimentation, says Jim Davies, but only a few designers today stand out in the same way

The Agent

News in Pictures

London art promoter and publisher Concrete Hermit has published a book of postcards featuring previously unseen work by graphic designer Von

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